Kristen DelMastro

Kristen DelMastro

Salt Lake City, Utah

Meghan 's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Climbing
Kristen DelMastro

Kristen DelMastro wrote a review of on September 29, 2009

4 5

These shoes are great. It took me a few days to get used to them...as it does any new pair of footwear, but once I did, they feel great. I definitely think my confidence in tiny footholds has increased with these shoes.

I wear an 8.5 in street shoes and when I tried these on at a local shop the guy only had a 38 and they're perfect....I don't do the whole way too small shoe thing either. A 38.5 would probably feel great too, but a 39 or 40 (which is what the size chart suggests) would be floppy.

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Kristen DelMastro wrote a review of on August 13, 2009

5 5

I am blister prone...I have never found a pair a boots or sneakers that didn't cause blisters, even with all the duct tape and moleskin in the world. When it came time to pack for a recent backpacking trip, I was a little worried about footwear since there was going to be a good amount of hiking involved. Since we were going somewhere warm (Havasupai) I decided to bring my Chacos. For me, they're the ultimate shoe. I can wear them around town, hiking and in the water. They're easy to rinse off (Havasupai is super sandy) and easy to get on and off. 32 miles later, I still had happy, blister free feet! You may not want to do the same if you have weak ankles or something, but I have to say...I am thrilled. My only complaint about these shoes is that when you're walking in a river with lots of little rocks on the bottom, you will get some in between your foot and the shoe and that can be a pain.

My boyfriend, on the other hand, has very flat feet and the way his feet sit in Chacos causes horrendous blisters. I have pretty high arches, and they fit me perfectly, so I'd definitely try them out for a while before committing to days of hiking in them.

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Kristen DelMastro wrote a review of on August 13, 2009

5 5

I took this hammock on a trip down to Havasupai and loved it! I napped in it and slept in it at night and I haven't slept that well in while. As someone who usually wakes up with a sore back from sleeping on my stomach, this was perfect. It forced me to sleep on my back, but kept me cradled and comfy the whole night. I tried to sleep in the tent one night and ended up getting up and heading to the hammock after a couple hours of tossing and turning.
I tried this hammock both with my sleeping pad and without...if it was chillier I would probably use the sleeping pad again, but it was nice and warm in Havasupai and this hammock needed no help to be a comfy cozy bed. It comes with super easy to adjust microrope dealio ( I will try to post a pic of it soon). My friends had the Byer of Maine Parachute Traveller Hammock and I have to say having that the built in hanging system was a real plus...they ended up packing more than the added 8oz this one has since they brought webbing and biners anyway.

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Kristen DelMastro wrote a review of on June 9, 2009

5 5

I just got this shirt in Radish/Cirrus and I really like it. I'm taller and shirts are often too short for me, so I went with a M even though I usually wear a S. (I've actually found that even as a S in most shirts/jackets, I am definitely a M in Backcountry.com shirts/jackets.)The Medium fits perfect. It's not too tight, not too loose and it's the perfect length. The back is a little longer which is always nice when you don't want to give your belay partner a show while rapping off a climb! I've used it biking and climbing and just hanging out around the house.

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Kristen DelMastro wrote a review of on February 18, 2009

5 5

This is my first season skiing anywhere but the ice coast...and these skis are so fun in Utah powder. I mounted these will AT bindings, but use them inbounds too. At first, I felt like they weren't the best for groomers and crud, but with the edges at the tips and tails detuned a bit, they rock. I've had a blast everywhere on the mountain in these skis. I tried out the K2 Phat Luvs last week to compare, and I like these way more. BTW, I'm 5'7", about 130lbs and I ski the 172s.

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Kristen DelMastro wrote an answer about on February 6, 2009

If you are intimidated by trees, but actually ski them a lot, i would say that the shorter option of 174 out be a better choice. But if you love to rip open bowls and chutes, the 181 offers more float and stability. Up to you, but I think that the 181 is a wicked ski.-------I'm 6'2" and 165 and ski the 181 anti-piste (which is the Coomba but with a slightly rockered tip). I have NO trouble at all with tight turns, and given your weight, you'll be able to handle the 181 just fine. You'll overpower the 174...-------My friend skis the 174's and she is 5'7" and probably 125lbs. She loves them for just about anything. Granted, she's a pretty aggressive skier, but based on your significant size difference, I'd go with the 181.

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Kristen DelMastro wrote a review of on January 28, 2009

4 5

My hands are perpetually cold and I am constantly on a quest for a warm functional mitten. I think I'm getting closer! These mittens kept my hands pretty warm in cold,windy weather. I won't lie and say they're perfect...I still use hand warmers when it's really cold out, but these did the job much better than many mittens I've had in the past. I won't drop them while fumbling with my camera or phone because of the "idiot cord" and the nose wipe definitely comes in handy. I do wish they had a little goggle wipe though.

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Kristen DelMastro wrote an answer about on January 27, 2009

I wear a men's large in gloves and mittens and these fit just right at a size large... but i'm no woman. If you get the wrong size, returns with backcountry are very easy and quick. Need to return something - no problem. Customer service is great.I wear a Women's large in mittens and a Men's small. I bought these in a small for my sister and they fit me great.

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Kristen DelMastro wrote a review of on December 23, 2008

5 5

This jacket rocks! The fit is perfect...longer sleeves and the length in the body is long enough as well! I wore it skiing under a hardshell the other day when it was freezing and windy outside....perfect combo! I've also been wearing it around town and it's surprisingly wind resistant...on a cold, windy day at the dog park I felt warmer than people in much bulkier clothing looked!

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